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Digital PMUs with Multi-rail DC-DC Offer 94 Percent Peak Efficiency

July 7, 2011 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. announced the Energy$ense family of multi-output, digital DC/DC power management unit (DPMU) ICs. Technology features include real-time power measurements and

Retirement of Shuttle leaves void in manned space program

July 7, 2011 11:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

After Atlantis’ two-week mission, NASA will retire the Space Shuttle. Between the Shuttle’s retirement and the completion of the International Space Station in 2020, the U.S. faces a nine-year gap during which we’ll lack the ability to independently ferry astronauts into space. The Space Shuttle fit the textbook definition of government mismanagement. Envisioned as “routine and economical”, the finished product was neither.

Smart Electric Field Probe Allows Accurate Measurements Down to 2 V-m

July 7, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has upgraded its line of laser-powered star probes with a new electric field probe, that replaces the previous model FL7018.

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Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensor Includes Wireless Transmitter

July 7, 2011 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new infrared sensor with wireless transmitter features remote IR sensor and radio wireless transmitter in a NEMA enclosure.

Lightweight, MIL-DTL 38999 Series III-style Connecter Performs in Low-pressure Apps

July 7, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a MIL-DTL 38999 Series III style connecter capable of desirable performance in low-pressure applications. The new KJAYA Series Connector uses lightweight aluminum shells that provide a

Ribbon Attach Conductive Adhesive Touts Desirable Conductivity for Silicon Solar Modules

July 7, 2011 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Conductive Materials, LLC, a leading global supplier of conductive interconnect materials for photovoltaic applications, introduced the DB-1541-S3 Conductive Stringer Attach Adhesive for use in thin-film, organic and thinned silicon solar modules. This material formulation has

Motor driver IC features unipolar microstepping design

July 7, 2011 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new unipolar two-phase constant-current mode motor driver IC which is manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan. The SI-7321M features an efficient unipolar driver design for full- and half-step operation, and 1/4 , 1/8 , and 1/16 microstepping.

Super Wideband Audio Chip Addresses Home Telepresence and Smart TV Applications

July 7, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems announced the CX20708, presented as the world’s first super wideband (SWB) voice input processor SoC, targeting home telepresence and speech recognition applications as well as next generation Smart TV and video game console applications.

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Third-Generation RLDRAM Memory Targets High-Performance Networking Applications

July 7, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micron Technology announced that early engineering samples are available for its third-generation reduced latency DRAM (RLDRAM 3) high-bandwidth memory technology that enables a more efficient transfer of information across the network.

DC-DC converter suits high volume low cost telecoms applications

July 7, 2011 6:41 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions today announced the UEE series of fully isolated, open frame DC/DC converters. Designed specifically for high volume cost sensitive telecom, networking, and instrumentation applications, these highly efficient modules, typically up to 90% efficient...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking about IP Cores and Embedded Systems Development

July 7, 2011 6:05 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk to Simon Hambly and David Harold of Imagination Technologies, creators of communications semiconductor IP cores for highly complex System-on-Chip (SoC) devices.

Single Board Computer Supports LGA775 Intel Core 2 Quad SBC with VGA-Dual GbE

July 7, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announces the new PICMG 1.0 full-sized single board computer—PCA-6011, designed with the Intel G41 and the ICH7R chipset for industrial applications. PCA-6011 is a high performance quad core SBC with strong I/O capability.

WaferSense Vibration Sensor Helps Identify Vibration Sources to Increase Wafer Yield

July 7, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

When a diffusion furnace team at a 200 mm fab experienced defect problems in specific stocker locations of its high volume semiconductor process, CyberOptics WaferSense Auto Vibration Sensors (AVS) helped test a theory that excessive vibrations created by stocker fans effected die yield.

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Return to Zero - Going Mad

July 7, 2011 5:41 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Laser-Structured 2.4 GHz Antennas Suit a Variety of General Applications

July 7, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated has released a new standard antenna for applications using the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band and Wi-Fi.

ECG Cardiac Monitor Saves Lives and Cuts Costs

July 7, 2011 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announces that British medical services startup, Isansys Lifecare Limited, has announced the world's first commercially-available, clinical-grade, wireless cardiac monitor to support low cost continuous ECG heart monitoring.

Ramtron Samples 64-Kilobit Serial F-RAM

July 7, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ramtron International announced sampling of its newest ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) product built on the company’s manufacturing line at IBM.

Rapid-Ship Board Level Shields

July 7, 2011 4:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

To help alleviate some of this pressure, Leader Tech announces the introduction of a new SMS Surface Mount Shield series.

Celebrating the Future of the Electronics Industry

July 7, 2011 4:43 am | by Jeff Jussel, senior director for global technology, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Since Newark’s  element14 community launched two years ago, we’re proud of the fact that hundreds of thousands of engineers have used our resources to connect and collaborate with industry experts and peers.

DC Connectors and Terminals Are IP67-sealed with Internal Locking Mechanism

July 6, 2011 2:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex is expanding its range of SolarSpec products with the development of pin (male) and socket (female) panel-mount DC connectors. The IP67-sealed, SolarSpec panel-mount DC connectors, with internal locking and touch-proof design for

Chip Resistors Offer 1 Percent Tolerance With Precision and Pulse Withstanding

July 6, 2011 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RPC Series of film based chip resistors is available in a 1 percent tolerance with desirable pulse handling. This performance is achieved by using a robust film element with a limited laser trim. Trimming a chip resistor can

Sensors Deliver Enhanced Technology for Next Generation Smartphones

July 6, 2011 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. (TAOS; www.taosinc.com) today announced its 5th generation sensor family, the TSL2x72 Series, that delivers improved digital ambient light sensing (ALS) and proximity detection technology.

Auto-calibrating CMOS 3D Digital MEMS Compasses Offer Cost-Effective Performance

July 6, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Until now, 3D Compasses have typically used non-standard technologies such as magneto-resistive materials or Hall-effect structures combined with magnetic field concentrators to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Lightweight Composite BNC 75 ohm HDTV Connector

July 6, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Radiall is proud to introduce the first to market lightweight and easy-to-use composite BNC 75 ohm HDTV connector to its offering of affordable HDTV BNC series for studio quality broadcast production to video conferencing equipment applications.

AdvancedMC Module Includes Freescale QorIQ P2020 Processor

July 6, 2011 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron introduced today its new universal single-width AdvancedMC™ processor module AM4120. This board is the first member of a new Kontron AdvancedMC™ product family with the Freescale™ QorIQ processors. The new AdvancedMC™ family is targeted to cost sensitive applications as well as powerful data plane and control plane applications. The universal Kontron AM4120 offers

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